Both solos are in the key of A. Chad walks you through the solo phrase by phrase, showing you some of the many ways you can do bluesy slides and add double stops. The solo is in the key of Bb, and it has some classic bluegrass fiddle licks in the key of Bb. Chad plays the whole solo through and then breaks it down phrase by phrase. He also shows you a cool variation Chubby plays on his second solo.
The song begins with on a classic fiddle solo that gets repeated after every chorus. The first part includes a lot of unison drones and double stringing, while the B part has some cool sliding double stops. Chad walks you through the melody, phrase by phrase, showing you a couple different ways to bow some of the phrases and add drone notes and giving you advice on shifting positions.
Panhandle Country This great Bill Monroe tune is a fast one in the key of C with lots of long double stops. Mills, soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, nevertheless gets excited when talking about his passion for banjo, which he took up after idolizing Scruggs. Only a few hundred were made before World War II, and they can go for prices well into six figures.
Mills is just as discriminating about visual artifacts, too. Took me 20 years to convince him. Ostensibly he was the shipping manager. But he also sorted through the boxes and boxes of cassette tapes that aspiring musicians sent in. Scale Variations Modal Choose the key and the number of beats per modal chord change.
A 1 and A 2 are free for non-subscribers. Snowflake Reel - D Tabs and Notes. Sugar Moon - C Tabs and Notes. Swallowtail Jig - Edor Tabs and Notes. Tom Dooley - G Tabs and Notes. White Christmas - G Tabs and Notes. Winter Wonderland - G Tabs and Notes. While the acoustic guitar began as a rhythm instrument, North Carolinians Don Reno, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and George Shuffler all pioneered the use of the guitar as a lead instrument in the s and early s.
In it Shuffler described his own life for a few paragraphs and then focused on stories about Ralph and Carter Stanley. Shuffler was mentioned tangentially or directly in a number of other articles, books, and instruction books, but these three are among the most important books in bluegrass writing and all three mentioned him as an early lead player. The books often explored shallowly or not at all the development of his style, and none featured much information on his life.
However, none of these publications looked at North Carolina as a region which produced lead guitarists, and none of them traced the musical forerunners of the region. The town of Valdese, North Carolina, just 10 miles from Morganton, sits on the easternmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains. The 15 th of April, , saw the birth of George Shuffler, the second of nine children Menconi 2.
His first experience with music came from the church, specifically the local shape-note singing school. Soon the teachers began to direct students who needed help to Shuffler, who could always show them the harmony or lead part that they needed.
The guitar, still an unusual instrument for the area, had only become widely available in the South at the turn of the century. These mass-produced guitars entered the mountains with the railroads and home order catalogs such as Montgomery Ward and Sears and Roebuck. As a result, although he could hear guitar music on the radio, no one he knew could tune a guitar. Finally Shuffler found out that one of his neighbors, Jack Smith, knew a little bit about the guitar, and tracked him down.
Smith tuned his guitar and showed him three basic chords — G, C, and D. Shuffler remembered that Smith played the guitar with a pick broken off a comb Shuffler 23 Nov Shuffler walked home that night practicing the three chords over and over, afraid that he would forget them.
When he got home his mother was singing an old song called, Down in the Valley , which Shuffler and others also called Birmingham Jail and Shuffler started accompanying her with two of his new chords.
He asked her to sing the song so many times that she ended up hoarse Shuffler 2 April Shuffler practiced his three chords over the next few months, and made up new ones whenever he needed them. At first, Shuffler feared that his homemade chords would make him look foolish or unprepared; so he started out playing with his right hand hidden to the side, but he soon discovered that his chord shapes matched those of his more experienced neighbor.
Emboldened by this experience, Shuffler practiced in his spare time, until his father traded the guitar for a new pistol. This consisted of playing the melody to the song on the bass strings while rhythmically strumming the top strings during the rests of the melody. This was the very first country lead guitar technique. Then, in , a year-old Shuffler and some friends traveled to nearby Granite Falls, North Carolina, to see the popular country group the Bailey Brothers.
When their backup band failed to show up, Shuffler offered to play bass for them, even though he had only a passing familiarity with the instrument. So I could send more home than my dad was making at the mill.
I asked my dad what to do and he asked me if this was what I wanted. I was scared to death, knew my mom and dad would be listening. But we got an encore. I was ready to pick all night. Over the next few years, Shuffler played with the Baileys and other groups in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and met his wife Pam at a radio show in Hickory.
Ralph Stanley recalled discovering Shuffler at Salem School in Morganton, where George and all nine of his brothers came out to see the group.
George managed to get backstage and play with them, impressing Carter enough that when bass player Ernie Newton left the band, he remembered Shuffler and called him Wright Ralph Stanley sold off his whole heard of cattle one year to keep the band going.
While the Stanleys had often carried a full band early on, the declining popularity of bluegrass in the mid s through the early s forced them to cut back. For much of that period the band consisted only of Shuffler and and Ralph and Carter Stanley.
From to Shuffler rose to fame as a great bass player. Shuffler played only bass until He took lead guitar breaks on several songs from the July 11, , session for King Records Reid The earliest southern lead guitar styles in country music were those of Merle Travis, Maybelle Carter, and the Delmore Brothers. His style was based on black guitar styles, specifically Durham, NC-based blues guitarist Blind Blake. Electric instruments could simply play a melody note for note as a singer sang it, but on an acoustic guitar simply repeating the melody seemed empty, so the guitarist needed to develop a fuller sound.
Southern guitarists turned to older instruments to solve this problem, imitating the fiddle, the mandolin, and the banjo. Because these styles were adapted, they each had limitations when applied to the guitar.
Travis style allowed a player to maintain the rhythm, but the available melody notes were limited because the player had to maintain a chord form for the alternating bass. When Napier left the band in , George Shuffler took over as full-time lead guitarist.
When Shuffler left the Bailey Brothers in , he played with a number of other groups until signing on with the Stanleys in One of these was a brother duo called Jim and Jesse. Like Carter, Shuffler played the melody on the bass strings, only instead of strumming with his forefinger, he picked on the two adjacent strings with a flatpick.
The first is to simply let the ninth note of the series bleed over as the first note of the new bar, a process that works out every four bars. While this technique ensures that chord transitions will be easier since the first note will fall on the first note of the chord, the last down-up interrupts the flow of notes.
In an interview with John Wright, Ralph Stanley related the circumstances of the band during this period:.
Part of what I'm gettting at is learn fiddle tunes in the keys that fiddlers typically play them, LP. This thread seems to have devolved into a "how many fiddle tunes can you name" thread rather than the OP's original Durhams Reel - Earl Garner - Bluegrass Fiddler (Vinyl for "essential" fiddle tunes. I forgot "Arkansas Traveler" preferably without the jokes and "Red Wing. Faster Horses - G - Tom T. My experience has been that no matter how many fiddle tunes I learn, it is never enough. From to Shuffler rose to fame as a great bass player. We had love at home, and all of Album) went to school, and all of us were good students. You want to play well, have the technique, have that certain sound that real traditional music has.
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